The Briefly for July 17, 2019 – The “At This Point, Why Not Wait for Christmas?” Edition

CitiBike’s expansion, the best happy hours, the most expensive neighborhood, the government will not bring a case against Daniel Pantaleo, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

New York City had a monorail, if only for a moment. Visitors to the 1964 World’s Fair were able to see the grounds in a 4000 foot looped monorail that was disassembled when the fair closed. Support pylons can still be seen in the ground in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. (Untapped Cities)

Who are Jeff Bezos’s new neighbors? Let’s find out. There’s a list at the end of the article if you want to skip down to it. (The Real Deal)

We have a winner, a Christmas tree being thrown out on July 16. (EV Grieve)

48 people were arrested while blocking traffic at 5th Ave and 42nd on Tuesday while protesting President Trump’s continued threat of ICE raids. (amNY)

Just finished anoter re-watch of Seinfeld and looking for a meal? If you want that classic diner experience, Queens is your borough. (QNS)

If you’ve wanted to take an up-close look at one of Tom Fruin’s Kolonihavehus glass mosaic water towers that are dotted around the city, one is on display inside The Shops at Hudson Yards. (Untapped Cities)

ConEd is celebrating turning the power back on in Manhattan with a victory tour of telling the public “sometimes blackouts happen in heatwaves.” Very reassuring. (6sqft)

The federal government will not bring charges for Daniel Pantaleo over the death of Eric Garner. NYPD Commissioner is the arbiter of Pantaleo’s disciplinary trial, which the police administrative judge has not yet rendered a verdict. “The D.O.J. has failed us,” -Mr. Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr (NY Times)

The Department of Transportation’s “Safer Cycling” report in 2017 identified eight priority zones with insufficient bike infrastructure and deadly crashes. Since these areas were identified, the number of injuries in the priority zones have risen by 6.5%. (Streetsblog)

The driver of a box truck hit a cyclist in Park Slope on Fifth Avenue. The cyclist was either unconscious or unresponsive before being taken to Methodist hospital. (Brooklyn Paper)

A look into why drivers and pedestrians seem to hate bicyclists. (Gothamist)

CitiBike officially unveiled their plans for expansion into the Bronx Ridgewood, Upper Manhattan, and deeper into Brooklyn. It’ll be a while for some neighborhoods with the expansion scheduled through 2023. (6sqft)

We The Commuters is celebrating Bike Week with a list of biking clubs across the city where the intimidation factor is low and the “we won’t leave you behind” factor is high. (Gothamist)

The play-on-words named Dig Inn has decided to change its name to questionable and no longer punny Dig. They argue “Dig has become more than a restaurant,” to which I argue “restaurants have table service.” (@diginn on Medium)

What to do in a power outage. These are practical tips, this isn’t a guide to entertain yourself. (StreetEasy)

Levain Bakery added a “secret” ice cream sandwich menu item, so if you’re looking to impress your friends who aren’t subscribers to The Briefly, this is your moment. (Gothamist)

A list of the dates where the L train is shut down overnights at ten stations throughout Brooklyn in July, August, September, October, and January. (Brooklyn Paper)

The 1, 2, and 3 trains are headed for six weekends of partial to non-service as switches are replaced. (Curbed)

“My mother at Lincoln Towers at 69th and West End has no power also.” The New York Times published their Slack transcripts from the night of the blackout, because why not? (NY Times)

A farewell to Dean & Deluca. (Grub Street)

Giselle Burgess, the founder of the first troop designed for homeless girls in NYC Girl Scout Troop 6000, was elected to the board of directors of The Child Center of NY. (QNS)

As expected, two real estate trade groups have brought a constitutional challenge against the state’s rent reforms. Historically the Supreme Court has uphelf rent regulations. (NY Times)

Tribeca remains #1 in the city when it comes to home prices, with the median sale price in Q2 of 2019 being $4.34 million. The only neighborhood that comes close is Hudson Yards with $3.86 million. (6sqft)

Williamsburg has the more cases of the measles than any other neighborhood, but the list is 9 neighborhoods long and the total measles count rose by 1 in July to 623. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Tips for eating out in NYC with food allergies. (amNY)

The city’s “Nostalgia Ride” which goes from 96th St to Coney Island along the Q line in a 1917 BMT train will happen this Saturday. Be patient, the ride takes about two hours. (amNY)

Waitress will close on Broadway in January of 2020. (NY Times)

How much trash is on our beaches? Well, Parley for Oceans, the Department of Sanitations official non-profit group, with 170 volunteers picked up 1,200 pounds of trash from Rockaway Beach in two hours. (Gothamist)

The top happy hours in 25 neighborhoods. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for July 8, 2019 – The “Boomer Boogeyman is to Blame” Edition

The NYPD runs a cyclist oft the road, Melinda Katz’ lead narrows to 16 votes, a look back on Seinfeld’s pilot, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late night subway disruptions seem minimal. (Subway Weekender)

“Admittedly it was against the law, but we had police consent.” This is the story of a band of vigilantes who destroyed a grove of trees in Forest Hills as the police watched in an attempt to harass the gay community a few days before the Stonewall Riots. (NY Times)

This Wednesday your good friends at The Briefly and the skint bring you ‘When Harry Met Sally’-themed Trivia at Parklife. (Brooklyn Based)

The “boomer backlash,” self-identified progressives born between 1946 and 1964, is hampering city progress across the country using tactics normally associated with the alt-right to shout down and shut out changes to their neighborhoods. These voices don’t represent the will of the majority, but they’re the loudest and most mobilized in the room with the most people in their Facebook groups. This is how so many people in Park Slope seem opposed to housing for the homeless, 14th Street doesn’t prioritize buses while the L train has minimal service or why so many needless deaths occur on the city’s streets because some residents prioritize the city providing public parking for private vehicles instead of the safety of cyclists. This, from the generation that gave us the 2008 housing bubble, the war in Iraq, and who handed out participation trophies. (Huff Post)

Pity your Jersey friends, for many reasons. Especially who must take N.J. Transit. Last week alone, more than 60 trains were canceled. (NY Times)

15 awesome Astoria happy hours. (We Heart Astoria)

A good news story for your Monday. Three officers sent to arrest a woman who was allegedly stealing groceries at the Union Square Whole Foods paid for the items instead. (Patch)

Victor Ang succumbed to injuries sustained after he was hit by a car while biking in April and has become the city’s 15th biker who was hit by a car and killed in 2019. (Gothamist)

The NYPD intentionally rammed a cyclist on a Citi Bike who ran two red lights. The NYPD’s crackdown on drivers creating unsafe situations for cyclists has yet to begin. (Streetsblog)

How to find a rent-stabilized apartment. (Curbed)

How was your weekend? Oh, you know, I watched a video of a man carrying a live rat in his mouth while riding the subway. (Patch)

Turns out the best place to watch the July 4th fireworks was illegally riding between subway cars on the Manhattan Bridge. (Gothamist)

Congrats to you, Brooklyn! There were no reported firework-related injuries during July 4, despite me watching a group of bewildered men accidentally shoot off a dozen of rockets at a line of parked cars and garbage piles. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The ubiquity of camera phones can make you take a candid photo of a street vendor for granted but a look through the photos taken by a tourist in NYC in 1970 can shift your entire perspective, especially a photo from the Empire State Building looking South which is without Battery Park City or the World Trade Center. (Ephemeral New York)

A cross-sectional look at some of the city’s landmarks. (Viewing NYC)

The spread of measles has been slowing, calling back to the city’s history of containing contagious diseases, even if it wasn’t always pleasant. (6sqft)

An exhaustive look back at the one episode of Seinfeld you probably haven’t watched a thousand times: the pilot. (Gothamist)

12 sites that explore the immigrant experience in NYC. (Curbed)

Here they are, the Dominique Ansel city-themed pastries that look like toy versions of other food. If you’re dying for a pavlova shaped like an everything bagel, this is your opportunity. (Gothamist)

There weren’t too many restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health (either it was the short holiday week or the city’s eateries are getting cleaner), but we still have a new entry into the triple-digit point club. (Patch)

The city declared a climate emergency. What’s next? (NY Times)

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s lead in the Democratic primary is down to 16 votes. This week the manual recount begins. (Politico)

An unidentified male body was found dead inside a food truck on Liberty Ave in Jamaica. (QNS)

Andrej Tadeusz Kosciuszko, for whom the city bridge and pool are named after, is getting a memorial in his hometown in Belarus. Kosciuszko traveled to the United States from Poland after hearing of the Revolutionary War and by the end of the war became a brigadier general. (NY Times)

U.S. Women’s National Team is getting a ticker tape parade on Wednesday morning from Battery Park to City Hall, only the fifth since the year 2000. (amNY)

10 great rooftop bars. (NY Times)

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The Briefly for June 12, 2019 – The “You’re A Landmark if You Like It or Not” Edition

The state’s legislature agreed to rent reforms, the best restaurants of 2019 so far, Cuomo gets serious about MTA overtime, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The state legislature agreed on a package of bills aimed at strengthening tenants rights and rent laws. The bills also would become permanent, so no more regular lobbying from the real estate industry to let the laws lapse when their expiration dates come. (NY Times)

Some of the rent reforms include ending vacancy decontrol, eliminating the ability of landlords to raise rents on vacancies, it would retain preferential rents for the life of a tenant, and dramatically limit improvement charges. (Politico)

Cool down with a look at the ice creams of Astoria. (Give Me Astoria)

The Strand Bookstore is now a city landmark and as you might expect, despite a long campaign from owner Nancy Wyden against the idea. (Gothamist)

“My friend later told me that most of the businesses in this area dealt in cash only…so guns were pretty much everywhere…in every store.” New York was a different place in the late 70s. (Bowery Boogie)

Your regular reminder that you can check the city’s beaches for too much poop (how much poop is too much?) on the internet. (Gothamist)

If you’ve wanted to live in the Waldorf Astoria (and have more money than you know what to do with), the condos will be hitting the market this fall. (Curbed)

New York is the third most fun state in the country, behind Florida and California. The thing holding it back? It’s not the ratpocalypse or the mountains of trash on the sidewalks, it’s the high costs. (Patch)

Hundreds rallied after the death of Layleen Polanco in Rikers Island last week. She was being held and her bail was set at $500. The city is looking into the case, where she was sent into solitary confinement despite a history of seizures. (Gothamist)

Catch a sneak peek at NYC’s largest rainbow “flag”. (HuffPost)

The helicopter pilot who crashed into a building on Monday was lost in the rain and fog. Investigators are looking into how the craft ended up where it did instead of an airport in New Jersey. (NY Times)

FAA officials said that Timothy McCormack did not have the proper license to be operating the helicopter in low-visibility conditions. (HuffPost)

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney wants to ban all nonessential helicopter flights from Manhattan. The city banned rooftop helicopter landings after a 1977 crash on the roof of the MetLife building. (The Villager)

In the 1977 crash, five people were killed when an idling helicopter tipped over, four were on the roof, one was on the street below. (Gothamist)

The High Line’s final section is open. The Spur is the home of the High Line Plinth, a site dedicated to a rotating series of artists. (6sqft)

Watch the complete debate for Queens DA. (NY1)

During the debate, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was the favored punching bag of the seven candidates. (Politico)

We could be seeing the beginning of the end of the measles epidemic in Brooklyn. Everyone celebrate by making sure you’re vaccinated. (amNY)

New York state is one of three that doesn’t allow paid surrogacy, but even with a progressive legislature, it isn’t certain to be abolished. Abolishment of the prohibition has the governor’s support and a bill passed the state senate, but it is stalled in the assembly, where it has split progressive support. (NY Times)

The “Flower Flashes” by Lewis Miller Design might be the city’s most wholesome vandalism the city has ever seen. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo plans on hiring the former federal prosecutor that convicted former Speaker of the State Assembly, Sheldon Siver, to investigate a former federal prosecutor to look into the overtime issue plaguing the MTA. (Politico)

Remember that T-Mobile/Spring merger? New York is suing to block it from happening. (Patch)

Riverside Park is getting a new skate park at 108th St. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Riverside at W 108th has a history as a skatepark. The Riverside Skate Park was the first “solid” skate park in the city, originally built by NYC skateboarding pioneer Andy Kessler. This piece in the Times from 2013 shows the history of the community’s dedication to maintaining it in honor of Kessler’s vision. (NY Times)

A guide to the pizza ovens of Brooklyn, illustrated by Koren Shadmi. (NY Times)

Jon Stewart, the conscience of New Yorkers, took to Congress on Tuesday to rightfully shame our government for not fully funding the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. (Patch)

John Jay College is being sued by students who allege the college botched sexual misconduct allegations against four professors, called “The Swamp.” (Patch)

The best restaurants of 2019 so far, according to Eater critic Robert Sietsema. (Eater)

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